Jackson County Schools working to improve diversity in school system

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Jackson County School Board members say they've seen some improvement in the number of minority school staff but they still have a long way to go.

Some say Jackson County School District has improved in some areas, but gone in a different direction in others with it comes to diversity (WJHG/WECP)

School district officials are meeting monthly to find ways to hire more minorities.

"Several of our employees have attended career fairs and various colleges, trying to promote Jackson County Schools and trying to recruit people to our area," said Jackson County School District Superintendent Larry Moore.

This push sparked after the U.S. Department of Juvenile Justice reported the school district lacked minorities and an updated plan to address the issue.

"The school district has been under review since 2017. Trying to see if they can improve in numbers and be in some sort of compliance with the Department of Justice with the steps they should be following in minority recruitment hiring," said NAACP Jackson County President Ronstance Pittman.

Pittman said the district is improving in some areas, but not others.

"I can say there has been some improvement in the minority hiring of teachers, however we're still not where we should be in the district regarding minority administrators. We have fallen from where we initially started," said Pittman.

Pittman said the district is down one minority principal and one minority assistant principal since 2017.

Jackson County Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore said he hopes Governor Ron DeSantis' push to raise teacher salaries will help improve diversity in the district.

"I am hopeful," said Moore. "He has a plan and I think he has support. We'll know at the end of this legislative session but we'll know with the interest in that movement in this legislative session."

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